Stephen Ezell

Stephen Ezell
Vice President, Global Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202-449-1349

Stephen Ezell is vice president, global innovation policy, at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). He focuses on science and technology policy, international competitiveness, trade, manufacturing, and services issues.

He is the coauthor of Innovating in a Service-Driven Economy: Insights, Application, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012).

Ezell comes to ITIF from Peer Insight, an innovation research and consulting firm he cofounded in 2003 to study the practice of innovation in service industries. At Peer Insight, Ezell led the Global Service Innovation Consortium, published multiple research papers on service innovation, and researched national service innovation policies being implemented by governments worldwide.

Prior to forming Peer Insight, Ezell worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market, where he spearheaded the creation of the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk and the NASDAQ Corporate Services Network, services for NASDAQ-listed corporations. Previously, Ezell cofounded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank.

Ezell holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an honors certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy program.

Recent Publications

November 18, 2019

The Global Mercantilist Index, ranking 60 nations on 18 variables ranging from market access and forced localization to currency manipulation and intellectual property protections, finds that China is the world’s most innovation-mercantilist nation.

August 6, 2019

A report by ITIF for the MAPI Foundation, a research subsidiary of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI).

June 25, 2019

Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan represent vital trade partners for the United States, not only as destinations for U.S. exports, but more importantly as key partners whose firms supply critical intermediate goods on which the health of America’s advanced-technology industries depend.

June 6, 2019

The United States must stand up for innovation in the debate over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), ITIF's Stephen Ezell, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute's Richard Owens, and Fundacion Idea's Alberto Saracho write in The Hill.

May 20, 2019

Depending on how restrictive export controls are, U.S. firms could lose $14.1 billion to $56.3 billion in export sales over five years, with the missed export opportunities threatening from 18,000 to 74,000 jobs.

April 25, 2019

Countries with robust IP rights and protections must recognize that new energy, new tactics, and a new strategy are needed to encourage other nations to contribute more and detract less from global innovation.

April 15, 2019

Seven case studies showcase how IP rights are enabling innovators in Latin America to help solve some of the greatest global health challenges.

March 26, 2019

The EU has an opportunity to make major strides in the next wave of digital transformation. But it will need to adopt a forward-looking policy perspective that focuses on the benefits of connectivity, automation, and smart systems for Europe’s economy and society.

March 25, 2019

The Information Technology Agreement lowers tariffs on ICT products, which lowers their cost and spurs uptake and adoption among businesses and consumers. For Brazil, that could boost GDP nearly a full percentage point in 10 years.

March 4, 2019

Misusing the “march-in right” provision of the Bayh-Dole Act could negatively impact U.S. life-sciences innovation and result in fewer new drugs.

September 4, 2018

The practical effect of tariffs on key components used in cloud computing would be to advantage foreign technology competitors, thereby threatening U.S. leadership in both the adoption and provision of cloud computing services, and stunting U.S. growth.

August 24, 2018

A contagion of poor public policy is sweeping across Latin America in the form of the spreading use of compulsory licenses on novel pharmaceutical drugs, and it threatens to undermine the very ecosystem supporting the development of medicines designed to treat deadly diseases in the first place.

Recent Events and Presentations

November 7, 2019

Speaking at the 2019 World Intellectual Property Forum in Taiwan, Stephen Ezell outlined a series of recommendations for policymakers to chart a path forward for intellectual property rights.

October 25, 2019

Stephen Ezell presented about globalization trends and what Europe must do to turbocharge its digital economy at an event hosted by the Spanish think tank Cercle d’ Economia on October 25, 2019.

October 22, 2019

Stephen Ezell presented about digital trade’s vital importance to Pacific economies at the Chinese Taipei Pacific Economic Cooperation Community’s 34th Annual Summit in Taipei on October 22, 2019.

October 17, 2019

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation to KIA-KIET on October 16, 2019 addressing how recently introduced Japanese controls on certain product exports to Korea will affect the global semiconductor industry supply chain.

October 3, 2019

Stephen Ezell presented to the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) annual conference on how digitalization is transforming modern manufacturing and what policies are needed to support it.

September 18, 2019

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation about how artificial intelligence will impact the future of manufacturing and the manufacturing workforce at the MAPI annual conference in Chicago, Illinois.

September 12, 2019

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation examining why quantum computing leadership matters for nations, assessing which nations are leading in developing intellectual property in quantum information sciences, and explaining what types of policies countries need to implement in their quest for quantum computing leadership.

August 7, 2019

In a presentation to the Iowa Innovation Council on The Future of Digital Manufacturing, Stephen Ezell explained how digitalization is transforming modern manufacturing.

June 25, 2019

ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion marking the release of a new report that examines the deep trade interlinkages and value-added trade flows between the United States, Mexico, Korea, and Taiwan across six high-tech sectors: automobiles, chemicals, computers and electronics, machinery, aerospace and other transportation equipment, and pharmaceuticals.

June 20, 2019

ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion on impact drug-price controls have and what effect, if any, mandated drug-price reductions would have on biopharmaceutical innovation and U.S. industry competitiveness.

April 16, 2019

Stephen Ezell presented about opportunities and challenges in Chile’s transition to a knowledge- and innovation-based economy at an event hosted by Chile’s Centro de Estudios Publicos on April 16, 2019.

March 7, 2019

America’s ascendance as the world’s leader in life-sciences innovation has been the result of thoughtful, intentional public policies, including robust funding for the National Institutes of Health